Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Adult comedies aren’t too common in mainstream Bollywood. Most comedy films will try to throw in a couple of raunchy jokes to get a few laughs from the audience, but to make an out-and-out risqué film isn’t very common.
Sachin Yardi’s sequel to the 2005 “Kya Kool Hain Hum” certainly tries to fill in that gap. There is double entendre, skin show, crude gestures and lots of old e-mail forwards converted into one-liners.
There is also no pretence here — there is the skeleton of a story and after the first half, everyone stops pretending they are even trying to tell you one. Instead, Yardi strings together several gags and songs, almost as if he is hoping that the many bawdy jokes will make up for the lack of real content.
Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar Kapoor play Sid and Adi, two friends who are poor (but own a luxury car, a MacBook and designer clothes) but have big ambitions. Adi (Kapoor) fancies himself an actor, but can only find work in television shopping commercials. Sid (Deshmukh) is a DJ who has to be content playing at dandiya parties. That is about the only coherent part of the story.
It’s OK not to have too many expectations from “Shor in the City” — I know I didn’t. After all, it doesn’t have a great star cast, there hasn’t been too much buzz around it and except for the music (the lilting ‘Saibo’ number especially), the promos didn’t really stick in your mind.
The movie, however, is a whole other story. This is a smart film — one that hooks you from the get-go and doesn’t let up. Co-directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D K are sure of their craft and confident in their script and it shows.